6.8 Quake Shakes Burma
UPDATE: Media reports indicate at least 75 fatalities in the wake of the quake; risk of landslides is high.
A strong earthquakes struck a remote, sparsely populated part of Northeastern Myanmar (Burma), near the border with Thailand on Thursday night local time. The 6.8 quake was followed by aftershocks, but there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the affected area. The nearby Thai tourist town of Chiang Rai sustained some minor damage. One woman was killed by a crumbling brick wall in Thailand, and the tremors could be felt some 480 miles away in Bangkok, where one witness reported that his 27th floor apartment was shaking so badly he had to grab the walls to keep from falling.
Due to the remoteness of the area and the famously restrictive military government in Myanmar, it may be some time before the full extent of the damage is known.
The epicenter of the quake was too far inland for any concern over a tsunami, and no warning was issued.
In 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, killing 140,000 and displacing hundreds of thousands more. The secretive military government was slow to request and distribute aid, and the suffering has continued in the two years since that storm.